Writing a review for a short story anthology takes a little more effort than writing for a book with a single story and author. In most anthologies, there will be stories the reader loves and those s/he hates making it uncomfortable to review. Well, if you’re in this group, what’s not to like about Tales From Alternate Earths? Nothing, nothing at all!
This anthology ranks high among the best edited and exceptionally well-written story collections I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading and reviewing. History and the possibility of alternate realities and parallel universes have always fascinated me. These stories were right up my alley and I thoroughly enjoyed the read. I rated each story separately and none of them are less than four stars. Following are (for me) the individual five star stories:
One More Dawn by Terri Pray is a fascinating alternative for the lives of two of history’s most famous—Julius Caesar and Cleopatra.
All my life, I’ve been fascinated with the life and the conspiracies that revolve around the death of John F. Kennedy. I’ve always wondered what might have happened if the Cuban Missile Crises had gone down differently. Now, I know! One World by Cathbad Maponus will knock your socks off!
If you know of, or have actually heard the recording of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” you’ll love The Secret War by Leo McBride, especially the ending!
Time travel, alien invasion, and alternative history roll into one huge story that will rock your world. Tunguska, 1987 by Maria Haskins—what a great ending for this anthology.
Regardless of your interest in history, all these stories are superb examples of the imaginative powers of the human mind combined with extraordinary storytelling talent. I believe there’s something here for everyone and highly recommend Tales From Alternate Earths to everyone of all ages.
Reviewed 26 October 2016 for Books Go Social